A Nigerian woman who has been catering for thirty-two years has shared her success story. The woman identified as Janet Davies also advised aspiring entrepreneur to always be patient and not make money the priority of their businesses.
Davies who is married with seven children, shared her story in an interview with Mysplufikstory. She explained that she learnt how make catering into a business from a trained caterer from Germany.
According to the woman, she learned with the caterer for a year before she decided to establish her own business.
She revealed that she had started her own business at the backyard of house. Davies noted that she had started with baking, adding that she supplied her baked goods to the Nigerian Airways at the local airport.
The woman expressed that she loves her job because he provides her with the right connection. She revealed that she met Bolanle Patience Ambode before her husband Akinwunmi Ambode became the governor of Lagos state.
Davies stated that she has been working with the Ambode family for twenty years ever since she met them. She explained that when demand fell she decided to open a small restaurant where people come and eat while she still does her supply.
She advised young entrepreneur to be patient and never be too money conscious. She further added that they shouldn’t look down on low class customers because their turout is usually higher than that of the upper class.
“My name is Janet and I’ve been a full caterer for almost 32 years now. I learned everything about the profession from a woman who was a trained caterer from Germany and after learning for a year, I left to establish my own. I started at my house backyard with baking and was supplying the Nigerian Airways at local airport before the Idiagbon crisis which forced me to withdraw.
What I love most about this catering job is that it has connected me a lot. When I started, it was low profile but gradually as God would have it, I met Mrs. Ambode before she became the Governor’s wife, I have been working with them for almost 20 years now. Through this catering profession, I’ve been well connected with notable personalities like the Fashola’s and people from the house of assembly. I really enjoy doing this job but the challenge now is we are now in a new dispensation, ‘change’. It has affected us really, that was the reason I came out.
I opened this outlet in April because the orders from home have reduced so I decided to come out but I still do my job at home and on weekends. I’m happily married with 7 children, of which 2 are married.
Having experienced a lot, my advise to anyone who’s just starting out with business is to be patient because if you don’t have patience in business, it’s very easy to fold up. Exercising patience, honesty and endurance will make you great. Whosoever must venture into this business must not be too money conscious. People see this catering job as a way for them to make money, and to be honest, there is money in catering if you know what you are doing, but like I said before, don’t be too money conscious and don’t look down on customers, especially the lower class clientele because their turnout is usually higher than the upper class.”
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